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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Indians Most Hated Team in MLB

Posted By on Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 1:50 PM

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The Wall Street Journal, in conjunction with Nielsen, gauged opinion towards every team in MLB by sorting through "positive" and "negative" descriptions online.

At the top? Or the bottom in this case. The Tribe, who scored a 0.9 on the -5 to 5 scale.

Contrary to popular belief, the Yankees are only the fifth-most despised team in the majors, according to an Internet algorithm built by Nielsen Co. that analyzes how people feel about certain things. This service typically uses various keywords to find out whether people have positive, negative or neutral reactions to different brands and products. No team registered a negative mark on Nielsen's "sentiment scale," which ranges from -5 to 5, but the Yankees (1.8) were one of only six teams to score lower than 2. The Mets finished four spots higher, making them the ninth most-hated team. "Even Yankee fans don't hate the Mets these days," says Benjamin Kabak, a writer for the River Avenue Blues Yankees blog. "We just feel bad for them."

That might have something to do with the proliferation of accurate descriptions of the Cleveland Indians and their players in recent years. Terms like mooks, assholes, wastes of life, dessicated husks (shout out to Steve Buffum), bottomless pits of suckitudes, and Jason Michaels and David Delluccis were bandied about when Cleveland talked baseball.

I figure Cleveland's score would have improved by at least a full point had they not considered anything written about Travis Hafner.

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